CJ and Bexta take on the world 2004/05 travel blog

The lush green and almost unspoilt landscape of Lombok, a complete constrast...

Turquoise clear water with fine white sand on Gilli Trawangan with a...

The only road that goes around the edge of the island!

The only form of transport on the island - Cidomo's, basically a...

Whilst in Indonesia I took myself off to Lombok for a few days to chill out away from the hustle and bustle of Bali. Lombok is a beautiful island, that I suppose is what Bali looked like about 20 years ago. It is the same size as Bali but with only about a fraction of the population living there. I stayed in one of the supposedly tourist resorts called Sengiggi, but it was far from touristy by Bali standards, but it was nice to get a bit of piece and quiet for a night.

I then went over to the Gilli Islands which are only a short boat ride away and stayed on the largest island, Gilli Trawangan. Although they call it 'Party Island', it is far from that. There are a few bars and restaurants down one side of the island, but the island is very small and you could walk around the whole of it in a couple of hours. No transport is allowed on the island apart from the traditional Cidomo's which are basically horse and carts. I did a spot of diving and snorkelling whilst I was there which was good to get a bit of practice in etc, but the currents were quite strong which affected the visibility, and also I didn't realise but the coral is in the process of recovering, as a lot of it was killed a few years ago through sun damage where it has lost it's colour, global warming etc. All in all a very beautiful and stunning island that I would recommend to anyone wanting a few days away from it all.

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